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WOKING 0 STEVENAGE BOROUGH 1

Thomas Pool - 7th March 2007

7.45pm on Tuesday 6 March 2007
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There has not been many occasions in the last month or so where the cards can feel hard done by to walk away with no points from a game, but this was one such occasion. Stevenage were in town for a much win game and if the lads could not get up for this game, no game will.

Let truth be told, had Boro keeper Alan Julian not been on top form, the visitors would never have scored and the cards would have been walking away with an easy victory. The game started brightly for the home side, with every one running hard and diving in for tackles. The cards started off by attacking, something which we have not seen too much of lately and Craig had a good shot stopped by Julian.

Next, Osano threw in a long ball, which was was excellently flicked on by Tommy Hutchinson and the ball was powered by Smith goal wards. As the KRE thought about celebrating, Julian pulled off a magnificent save to keep the scores level and from the following counter attack, Boro took the lead. Steve Morison sent a long ball from left to right and Hughes put the ball under Bittner's legs and into the net. One nil down.

5 minutes later and the cards were almost level. A wonderful delivery from Lambu was met on the volley by Craig Mac and, once again, Julian pulled one out of the bag to keep it out and the visitors remained in the lead. That was really all of the action in the first half. Both sides had long efforts that were easily kept out, after Boro had scored, they seemed happy to see out the half and they dominated possession, without creating any chances.

Half-Time - Woking 0-1 Stevenage

Woking lacked formation with a confusing 4-5-1/4-4-2 set-up, with Murray, Smith and Berquez seemingly making up a midfield trio with Sole and Lambu acting as supporting wingers for McAllister. Ten minutes into the second half Adam Green was introduced and it was then that Woking pushed on.

Woking were spurred into action when Hughes failed to add a second and they went on onslaught. Murray had a wonderful opportunity on 64 minutes. He took control on half way and pushed forward. He played a neat one-two with Lambu and when the ball was played back at him he fired a volley goal wards. For the first time in the evening, the ball beat Julian and whistled agonisingly wide of the right hand post. Woking were getting closer and seemed like it would only be a matter of time.

5 minutes later and Julian was beaten again. Woking won a corner that Sole swung in. Julian came and could not hold it, the ball bounced free and twice Macca had his shots cleared off the line. Woking were turning the screw and when substitute Bunce came on, he was set free. He cut inside and curled one towards goal with his right foot, but the ball sailed inches over the bar.

With ten minutes left, Bittner brilliantly came out to thwart a one on one chance and Lambu had a curling effort saved by Julian and, as he parried it away, you just knew it wasn't going to be the Cards night. Everyone kept going and they almost snatched a point when the Hutch could not quite get onto the end off a Macca flick on. Woking had lost again, but the effort was there. We were so unlucky to walk away with nothing and the chants at the end of the game were somewhat harsh. Glenn knows as well as anybody that this job is based upon results and he does not need to be told that they are poor of late.

If more fans turn up each week, and get behind the team then things will turn around.

Come on, you Cards!

Woking: Bittner, Pearce, Hutchinson, Ruby (Bunce 66), Osano, Lambu (Marum 87), Smith (Green 57), Murray, Berquez, McAllister, Sole.

Subs Not Used: Gindre, Cockerill.

Booked: Lambu, Pearce, Berquez.

Att: 1,407

Sponsor's MoTM: Tom Hutchinson
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